General News of Monday, 3 August 2009
Accra, Aug 3, GNA - The Minister of the Interior has by executive instrument renewed the curfews imposed in the Bawku Municipality and Gushegu Township and their immediate environs for another one week with effect from Monday.
The renewal was on the advice of the Upper East and Northern Regional Security Councils, according to a statement signed by the Minister of the Interior, Mr Cletus Avoka. The statement said the curfew hours for the Bawku Municipality and Gushegu Township remained unchanged and would be from 10:00 pm to 4:00 am the following day. "The Government wishes to commend the chiefs, elders, opinion leaders and all peace-loving people of the areas for sustaining the peace."
The statement said it was the expectation of the government that the current "wind of peace" blowing in the affected areas would be sustained at all times.
The statement reminded the factions to work for peace since it was their collective resolve that would give peace a chance, and not the presence of security personnel.
Meanwhile, the government has reiterated that there is a ban on all persons in the Bawku Municipal area, Zazugu, Binduri, Pusiga, Zoasi and Gushegu and their environs from carrying arms, ammunitions or any offensive weapon, and any person found with any arms or ammunition will be arrested and prosecuted.